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Philadelphia Malpractice Lawyers at Console & Hollawell Explore Negligence as Overdoses from Prescription Painkillers Now Kill More People than Heroin
Date:1/8/2013

Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) January 08, 2013

Overdoses from prescription painkillers kill an estimated 15,000 people each year in the United States, more than those caused by heroin and cocaine combined, according to a report published by TODAY. Many patients across the country aren’t taking these powerful medications to get high, the report stated. Instead, patients use the painkillers per their doctor’s orders, and develop addictions to them from regimented, extended use as an unexpected consequence. The alarming spike in overdose deaths has caught the attention of malpractice attorneys across the country. In Philadelphia, personal injury lawyer Richard P. Console Jr. believes the responsibility rests with doctors to explore all options when treating patient pain and not rely solely on painkillers.

“Many of these medications are in the opioid class, which is the same type of drug as heroin,” said Console. “Patients aren’t prepared for how addictive these narcotic painkillers can be and how they’re bodies might respond to them. Doctors prescribing them have a duty to monitor their patients closely for signs of addiction. Getting patients addicted to narcotic painkillers is a clear breach of the standard of care and may be a sign of negligence.”

The number of deaths reportedly caused by prescription painkillers has risen by more than 300 percent since 1999. Reported fatalities linked to these drugs also coincide with a 400 percent increase in the number of prescriptions written for them over the same time period. Doctors seeking to relieve pain for their patients quickly, rather than taking time to explore all treatment options may be widen
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